Legal officer would be a valuable asset

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 December, 2004, 12:00am

An attractive salary, an employee stock investment plan and other enticing benefits are being dangled in front of up-and-coming legal whizzes with an interest in the world of investment management.

Thanks to the rapid expansion of its business in Asia, a global investment management organisation headquartered in San Mateo, California, is seeking to employ a new legal officer in asset management.

Franklin Templeton Investments operates in 29 countries and offers investment products and services through 52 offices worldwide.

Its corporate vision is to be the premier global investment management organisation by offering high quality investment solutions, providing outstanding services and attracting, motivating and retaining talented employees.

The successful applicant will work alongside one legal counsel, although the candidate will be required to report to the chief legal counsel for Asia as the legal department casts its net from India to Japan.

The work boils down to a range of duties, including helping to prepare constitutive documents and agreements related to investment fund products, translating constitutive documents, and ensuring effective communication and co-ordination between Templeton's internal departments on fund product matters.

What makes this role special is that it offers a unique gateway through which to enter the fund industry.

In addition, the right candidate will be able to enjoy excellent exposure to all the fundamentals required for the launch and ongoing operation of investment fund products and other legally related matters that crop up in an asset management company.

Templeton is interested in candidates with a degree in law or a related discipline and a minimum of two years' relevant work experience as, say, a paralegal.

If you are able to work independently and can communicate effectively in an international environment, you are more likely to get a foot in Templeton's door.

However, the ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple responsibilities with an overwhelmingly positive attitude is a bonus, as is common sense and the ability to provide solutions rather than identify problems.

Other pluses include good writing and speaking skills in Cantonese and English. Putonghua skills are an advantage.

The promotion prospects for this unique position are strong.

Qualified candidates who can successfully cope with the required job duties and have adequate knowledge of the legal aspects of the fund industry and its operations have ample opportunity to be promoted to the position of legal counsel.